Set in the Parisian banlieues, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood paints a ferociously tender portrait of adolescence. The story centers on Marieme (Touré), who decides to skip school, join Lady’s crew and go shoplifting in the hope of impressing a boy. With American football matches and girl fights Sciamma shows the violence of protest. But with a mesmerising, stand-out scene of the gang dancing to Rihanna’s “Diamonds” in a blue-lit hotel room, Sciamma also reveals its intimacy, charm and loyalty.
Bande de Filles (Girlhood) | Directed by Céline Sciamma (France 2014) with Karidja Touré. Starts February 26
Originally published in issue #136, March 2015